Help sought to give wishes
by Anne Hart Preus
Feb 28, 2013 | 2100 views | 0 0 comments | 115 115 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Training for persons interested in being a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation will be held form 6-9 p.m. Monday in room 302A at Delta State University’s H.L. Nowell Student Union.

To sign up for the training, contact Judy Phillips, Director of Operations and Program Services, at (601) 366-9474 ext. 1-302 or email judy@ms.wish.org. Light snacks will be served.

For those who are unable to attend in person, a conference call will allow access by dialing 888-210-1669 with participant code 8215474.

Training will cover the wish granting process, important things to know when granting wishes, different types of wishes, how to handle particular situations, lot of stories on what makes wish granting such a worthwhile and heartwarming experience, and more.

Catherine Simmons, development and communications coordinator, said, “Every part of this job is fulfilling. It changes the way people look at things.”

Judy Phillips, director of operations and program services, said, “We have granted 21 wishes in the Delta in the last 1? years. In Sunflower and Bolivar Counties, we have granted 5 wishes.

“We currently have 18 volunteers in the Delta. — five are in Bolivar County and two are in Sunflower County, ” says Phillips.

There are four types of wishes: I wish to go; I wish to have; I wish to meet; and I wish to be.

“Most popular wishes are to go to Disney World and to go on shopping sprees,” said Simmons. “One child wanted to go to a dude ranch.”

Children from age 2? to 18 can be granted a wish if they have a life threatening medical condition. The wishes enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

According to a recent press release, “Volunteers are the hands and feet of the organization and have the opportunity to visit with wish kids in their own areas, interview the child and families, and help orchestrate a wonderful experience that our wish kids will remember forever.”

“A volunteer can expect a very rewarding experience with incredible kids and families. I am always touched by the strength the families have. I encourage anyone who wants to make a difference to attend the training Monday and be a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Simmons